Slapstick and Comic Performance

Comedy and Pain

Authors: Peacock, L.

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Slapstick comedy has a long and lively history from Greek Theatre to the present day. This book explores the ways in which comic pain and comic violence are performed within slapstick to make the audience laugh. It draws examples from theatre, television and film on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Louise Peacock is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Practice at the University of Hull, UK, where she teaches a range of courses related to comedy in popular performance. She is the author of Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance.

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“Her book examines the types of pain that can be greeted with uproarious mirth by perfectly sane and kindly audiences, both children and adults. Its definitive analysis shows the matter to be far from simple. In the context of slapstick, important distinctions emerge between accidental, random, intentional and real pain inflicted for amusement and these are carefully defined. … a splendidly constructive analysis of an important but often ignored topic in humor research.” (Jessica Milner Davis, Humor, Vol. 31 (03), August, 2018)


This is a very ambitious book, which considers a range of examples anything from Punch & Judy to Jackass , from Buster Keaton to The Simpsons woven together to form an illuminating set of ideas offering new insight into the delicious art of slapstick. - Oliver Double, University of Kent, UK

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Slapstick and Comic Performance
Book Subtitle
Comedy and Pain
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43897-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137438973
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-36413-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34929-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 184
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